“The show must go on!”
Fylde coast skating favourites Dan Whiston and Hayley Tamaddon should be flying high this week, after getting through to the semi-finals of Dancing on Ice.
But disaster struck earlier this week in training, when professional skater and former Hot Ice star Dan suffered an injury – meaning a reserve has had to be brought in to rehearse some of this week’s routines with Corrie actress Hayley.
Dan, from Poulton, suffered a strain to his bicep while practising a lift in training and now it is touch-and-go as to whether he will actually make Sunday’s semi-finals in the last ever series of the ITV1 hit show.
He is hopeful after having intensive physio sessions all week he will be given the all-clear by medics to take part, but it will go right to the wire and could leave the pair with very little time to rehearse together.
This week had already meant more pressure on the former ice champions – who were childhood friends and previously skated to victory together in the show in 2010 – with two routines to learn, one involving Hayley, who is from Bispham, ‘flying’ using an aerial harness.
Dan told The Gazette: “We’re determined it’s not going to stop us. But we will just have to wait and see – it’s been a bit of a nightmare week really.
“I’ve been having lots of physio and just hoping I can get the go-ahead to skate on Sunday.
“I’m lucky really – other pro skaters have suffered this injury and ended up having to have surgery. This was caught early and treatment started straight away. We feel like we’ve come so far in the competition, got to the semi-final and we are so excited about that, we really don’t want to let anything stop us.
“Hayley has been rehearsing all the aerial stuff with a reserve so she didn’t miss out on training and she’s been doing fantastic.
“It’s now just a question of waiting to find out if I can skate and then trying to cram as much practice as we can together before Sunday.
“If we do manage to do it, we’re hoping for the support of everyone on the Fylde coast again – that means so much to us and has got us to where we are.”